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UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution reauthorizing member states to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya if suspected of migrants smuggling or human trafficking. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 2 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

2 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council in meeting
3. UPSOUND (Russian) Gennady KUZMIN, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Will those in favor of the draft resolution contained in document S/2020/957, please raise their hand.”
4. Pan left, delegates voting
5. UPSOUND (Russian) Gennady KUZMIN, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“The result of voting is as follows: the draft resolution received 15 votes in favor. The draft resolution has been adopted unanimously as resolution 2546.”
6. Med shot, Sautter going to stakeout
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Günter Sautter, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations:
“We believe this is a very good and very important development. EUNAFOR IRINI, the EU mission will continue to support on detection and monitoring. I recall however that the resolution 2491 is a call to action addressing the entire international community.”
8. Wide shot, Sautter at the stakeout
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Günter Sautter, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations:
“This meeting comes at the crucial moment. We have recently seen some encouraging developments in Libya, namely 5+5 talks on security in Egypt, the Montreux agreements on political transition and progress on question of oil exports. Yet, lot of problems remain to be solved, namely regarding the ceasefire and the future of the political process.”
10. Wide shot, Sautter at the stakeout

STORYLINE:

UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution reauthorizing member states to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya if suspected of migrants smuggling or human trafficking.

The Security Council resolution 2546, penned by Germany, also authorizes member states to seize the vessels if proven that they are being used for migrant smuggling or human trafficking from Libya.

Shortly before the Council voted on the draft resolution, Germany’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Günter Sautter told reporters that the forthcoming adoption “is a very good and very important development.”

The first Security Council resolution to authorize vessels seizure off the Libyan coast was adopted in October 2015. The authorization was again re-confirmed in the resolution 2491 in October 2019 and today’s vote essentially represents the continuation of the original mandate. To date, the only regional organization to implement the authorization is the European Union through its Operation Irini.

“EUNAFOR IRINI, the EU mission will continue to support on detection and monitoring,” Sautter said. “I recall however that the resolution 2491 is a call to action addressing the entire international community.”

The German Ambassador also announced a ministerial-level meeting on Libya, to be held on Monday, 5th October and chaired by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

“This meeting comes at the crucial moment. We have recently seen some encouraging developments in Libya, namely 5+5 talks on security in Egypt, the Montreux agreements on political transition and progress on question of oil exports. Yet, lot of problems remain to be solved, namely regarding the ceasefire and the future of the political process,” said Sautter.

The Monday meeting is a follow up of the Berlin conference from January this year, which conclusions were adopted by the UN Security Council in the resolution 2510.
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